Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

In several recent columns, I discussed the process of fiber optic terminations. I examined each step in detail and shared some of the things I have learned from experience and teaching students. As they say, one learns from one’s mistakes.


Data centers are energy hogs. They can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

Dranetz Model 606 was introduced in 1975.

The importance of monitoring the quality of the electrical supply has increased with the ongoing push to boost uptime, productivity and profits. When carrying out business 24/7, having a process or operational interruption can negatively affect of the bottom line.

Invented in the 1980s at Eastman Kodak, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are composed of a layer of organic material situated between an anode and a cathode and deposited on a substrate.

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Assessing the Home Network Opportunity
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The concept of home networking has attracted growing interest over recent months. However, as with most "hot topics" that capture the general media's imagination, the real market opportunity can only be gauged by applying equal doses of optimism and skepticism.

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Contractors Need Training to Succeed in VDV
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For many electrical contractors, the voice/data/video (VDV) market is a frightening new world, because it is possible to install low-voltage systems incorrectly. However, the profits and opportunities open to competent installers are persuading many to enter the market.

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Partnering with V/D/V Suppliers
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Supplier relationships can contribute greatly to the success of an electrical contracting firm's voice/data/video (V/D/V) market entry.

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A Common-sense Approach to Futureproofing Your Local Area Network
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Businesses today thrive and grow based on their ability to link employees, customers, suppliers, and distributors in local area networks (LANs).

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Surviving Utility Deregulation
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Increasingly, electric utilities are making alternative sources of power and services available to customers. By the end of 1999, 21 states had passed legislation and three others had issued regulations phasing in competition among energy services providers.

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Straightforward Fiber Optic LAN Design
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To those unfamiliar to fiber optics, the process of local area network (LAN) design may seem complicated and tricky. However, the evolution of fiber optic LANs and standards has significantly simplified this process. In fact, the design process is now straightforward.

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Diversification Strategies for Entering the V/D/V Market
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Diversification in business refers to entering new markets. Entering the emerging voice/data/video (VDV) market for an electrical contracting firm that has concentrated solely on traditional power distribution is certainly diversification.

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